Dónall Dempsey

Veteran Poet - 1,546 Points (15/07/56 / Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Eire.)

For The Dickey Bird - Poem by Dónall Dempsey

George Washington
was famous for

his false wooden

but before the advent
of porcelain false teeth

dentures were often
made from teeth

pulled from the dead.

The American Civil War
and the piled up corpses from the carnage

yielded an admirable supply

being shipped by the barrel load
to the old country.

Elderly English gents
with dead men’s teeth

smiling with someone else’s
who couldn’t smile
no more.

History never smiles
on the defeated.

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  • (9/28/2007 11:31:00 AM)

    Other than the fact that Georgie Boy did NOT wear wooden teeth (I wonder where that one came from? ? Maybe English Gents not wanting Americans to appear too smart? ? ?) , this is a poem that makes my skin crawl. That picture of men smiling with Dead Men's Teeth is worthy of a story by EA Poe....morbidly horrific. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 11, 2011

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